Latest posts by Palaisglide

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 11:27

Busy Lizzie, not nice, Good insurance will put things right although it is a great help it is never the same. Good luck.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 10:41

Busy Lizzie, Drying the furniture and cushions after the Bathroom flood? what on earth do you get up to in your bathroom, Mad Parties??

I can see the tops of the hills rising from the morning mist, their tops agleam with golden sun. Down the hill the meadow with its stream with specks of light in sunlight spun, The leaves turning in time to brown with a zephyr wind making them drift down, to gather in downy packs for us gardeners to collect in big black sacks. October and no rain, an Indian summer to ease the pain of those Icy winds from Siberian plains, who knows i take it day by day sitting here in the suns bright rays.

And that folks is Stockton.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 08/10/2017 at 20:46

Two shocks to the system with tonights Dance off. Sheridan Smith singing "My Man" very well although not as well as Fanny Brice sang it way back in the past, I never forgot the song or her singing it, it struck a chord in my brain and stuck, sometimes still play it when I get the energy to dust the piano off and play again.

Second  my faith in the obtuseness of the GBP has wavered they got it right again, two weeks running cannot be a coincidence or can it? The show itself, "well err yeesss" all flashing lights theatrical props rockets and flying people, what happened to the actual DANCING???


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 08/10/2017 at 20:33

Argyrathemum GWRS Sorry to say the words are from a song which as usual I plagiarised, not my work I am afraid but "April Showers"  Al Jolson sang it in a film I saw as a wee lad but as with all music parts stick.

Though April Showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in may. I think the Film was the Jazz Singer but I saw it in the Jolson Story just pre war but that could be wrong.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 08/10/2017 at 12:48

GD, "when October showers should come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom next May, so hide your sorrow have no regrets because it isn't raining rain you know, it's raining Violets".

They should write a song about it? I learnt over my many years that each season is needed for the next season to do its work, having been where there was winter and summer only our four or even at times five seasons are what makes this wonderful country of ours, clean bright green and fruitful what more can we ask.

Stockton today with its changing  coloured leaves is bright and sunny, warm with it. "When Autumn leaves" oh my another song coming on my head is full of them.


I Know Why

Posted: 08/10/2017 at 10:54

DHR, Yamaha's never break down, my late wife got rid of my old upright piano, it was taking up too much room and bought me an Accordion. She relented when we moved into this house and we bought a Yamaha two manual organ with all the whizz bangs and buttons, one of the buttons allowed single finger chords she taught herself to play, quite well I thought. But once piano always piano we exchanged the two manual for the Clavinova and i was back to which ever piano I fancied and Joan could tinker with the organ sounds. Wonderful machines compared with some of the things I played on. Strings and key's missing, beer soaked yet when the rather inebriated call went up for Where is the B"""""""y pianist I had to proceed to make music luckily the raucous singing all in chord C made any mistakes invisible, my drinks came free and when I fell off the piano stool it did not matter as most of the lads were recumbent by then. Happy days.


I Know Why

Posted: 07/10/2017 at 22:13

DHR, not bad, on my Yamaha I turn off all the voices and play it Piano, the base makes the difference although I can record one on top of the other until there is a band sound. We used to slow foxtrot to that song.

Miller songs we danced to and sang:- Little Brown Jug, Tuxedo Junction, Pennsylvania 6-500, American Patrol, Falling Leaves Perfidia too many to list but they got every one up in those big dance halls with live bands, Happy Days.


how to kill ivy growing on the side of our house

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 20:04

Ruthhurren, Get your garden spade place it flat on the wall and then push between the ivy and the wall this easily lifts it off the wall then cut off as much as you can reach, I keep my ivy at manageable height this way. I took it off one side of the house by cutting out about a foot of the main stem then let it die on the wall, the spade did the rest and I rolled it up taking it to the tip. Keep soaking the base with weed killer when you see any new growth it worked for me.


I Know Why

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 19:55

DHR, I am that reader of a certain age who actually remembers Sonja Henie in quite a few films, probably my first film star love after Shirley Temple. We were brought up with the Glen Miller sound dancing to his music for many years until the one chord wonders arrived. I can still play Moonlight Serenade, In the mood, Sentimental journey and I know why without having to get the music out, having played them on battered Naafi and Mess piano's for years. Saying that they all probably sound a bit like Lily Marlene. A picture rises in my head of German POW's and British Soldiers with bottles of Stella in their hands all singing away, a lot of the Germans did not go home until 48-9 many lived in the Russian held area's.

I saw Sun Valley Serenade and believe Joan Crawford was also in it, her icy looks did intrigue me. There was another film with Glen Miller and the band but I cannot bring the title to mind and that was it until the Glen Miller Story after he died. Those were the days my friend we thought they'd never end, real music until some tuneless bloke called Chubby Checker came on the scene and spoilt it all.

OK I will get my coat, Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 13:20

GWRS, Autumn is one of my favourite seasons, brought up in a village with a huge tree lined green we had conkers dropping on our heads. Plenty of orchards with fruit trees and more fruit in the hedgerows, Hazel Pears i loved them. Cob nuts, windfall apples we fought the pigs and sheep for them. The beautiful changes in the leaf colours collecting the leaves by the sackful for dad to make his next years potting compost leaf mould, a life most modern children know nothing about. We knew it was the run down to Christmas which lasted one week not months as it does now. Family gathering for Pudding Sunday when all the cakes and puddings were made and cooked when we got back home, did we as children have the best of it? I think so.

Sun still bright warmer than this morning, touch wood it will continue.


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